Fine folks a pictures update!  It’s been radio silence here at COMM ED HQ for the last little bit, but I’ve been working in background, I promise!  I leveled up my photo editing skills while I worked on these, but it’s tricky.

First a couple of quick announcements:

NO NIGHT KNITTING in December. Due to the holiday hubbub and generally busy calendars in December, we’ve decided not to hold Night Knitting this month. We’ll resume Night Knitting again in January.

Our January Meeting will be held on January 7, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church.  Long-time member Libby Patterson learned a very unique steek trick on her last trip to Black Sheep Festival in Eugene, Oregon, and she’s going to teach it to us!

Now, some long-overdue pictures from Show and Tell!

I don’t know how I totally missed these, but Lea L. made some fabulous and patriotic red, white and blue mittens from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and improvised designs by Lea herself for an ALS patient who is also a veteran. So sorry to have missed photographing these!  Yarn was Classic Elite, from The Knitting Fairy.

Michelle S. made this beautiful Chevron Afghan with a pattern by Purl Soho, using yarn purchased from The Woolie Ewe. Michelle also showed an Aran Shawl by Debbie Bliss and I didn’t get a picture of it!

Michelle - Aran shawl

 Elizabeth C. made a beautiful Caress Scarf in Marks & Kattens Fame Trend yarn.

Elizabeth - Drops scarf

Vanessa V. showed her Tree Pose Yoga Bag from the Book Inspired Cable Knits, pattern by Fiona Ellis, and knitted in KnitPicks Cotlin. It’s lined, too!

Vanessa - Tree Pose Yoga Bag

Vanessa V. also showed her (beaded!) Segaiha shawl by Kitman Figueroa, in Djinni Sock yarn, colorway Villainess, yarn purchased from The Loopy Ewe

Vanessa - Segaiha shawl

Joni L. showed a special treat, a handspun, hand-dyed, and handknitted sweater for her husband, using the EZ Percentage System. I think it’s also steeked!! Great work, Joni!

Joni - Handspun, Handknit sweater

Marieke D. made the V Junkie socks by Alice Yu, pattern from Socktopus, yarn is Maui Yarns in colorway Swell, and was a gift

Marieke - V SocksI showed my Plaits and Links Cardigan, by Kathy Zimmerman, pattern from the Winter 2012 Interweave Knits.  It’s knit with Hemp for Knitting Hempwol, purchased from Holley’s Yarn Shoppe. I modified it by taking out the three-button and adding a zipper, and added a collar.

Regina - Plaits and Links

Our President, Christina H. showed a sweater she designed while Beta-testing Amy Herzog’s knit to flatter software and book. On the website program, you put in your measurements and your swatch information, they generate a pattern, and you just pay for that pattern. This is located on the Customfit website.  Christina also gave a ringing endorsement for the book Fit to Flatter by Amy Herzog, for fitting tips and tricks to make knitwear you’ll wear and love!

Christina - Amy Herzog Sweater

That’s October, folks.  Did you see how many of us were wearing sandals?  It’s not usually sweater-weather yet in Big D in October, not yet.  Many of us are still in shorts and t-shirts while we attend the Texas State Fair and look at all the beautiful handknits and Creative Arts submissions (The Quilts! The Photographs!  The Collections! The Embroidery! So many beautiful things to see), while we eat our Fletcher’s Corny Dogs and funnel cakes. But we go, and not only do DHKG members attend, we also submit (and win!) in many categories in the Creative Arts. Our November meeting was a parade of beautiful submissions and winners, too!

Cynthia F. showed her Prairie Rose shawl with yarn from Madtosh

Cynthia Franco - Prairie Rose Shawl

Marieke D. showed her Blue Ribbon-winning sweater, Irish Moss, designed by Alice Starmore (from Aran Knitting), made with Cascade Yarns Pure Alpaca purchased at The Woolie Ewe.

Marieke Doherty - Irish RoseLasandra M. knit this gorgeous wrap (with a buttonhole!) from an unknown pattern made with Vanna White Green yarn purchased at JoAnn’s.  Love the shell edge!

Lasandra Miller - Scarf ProjectMelissa T. showed a shawl that she knit twice- the Three Waves Shawl, designed by As the River Flows Designs from Brooks Farm.  Yarn is Solo Silk from Brooks Farm, purchased at Fiber Fest.

Melissa Todora - Three Waves Shawl - BlueMelissa Todora - Three Waves Shawl - RedDenise R. showed 3 State Fair Ribbon Winners: the Guitar Scarf, Gulls eye rug, and Bohemian shawl.

Denise Royal - Guitar ScarfDenise Royal - Gulls Eye RugDenise Royal - Bohemian Shawl


Denise Royal - Guitar Scarf with Ribbon


I’m not sure what was going on that I got this shot, but Denise looks like she was doing a little jig – fancy footwork!

Vanessa V.  showed fingerless gloves, well, really just fingertip-less – they have pretty long finger coverage – The pattern is Progressive Gloves with Palm Gusset, from an Interweave Knits in 2004.  The yarn is Bijou Basin Lhasa Wilderness in Tristan purchased at the 2013 Taos Wool Festival – good work knitting up yarn right away!

Vanessa Vyles - Fingertipless Mitts

Regina B. showed her State Fair winner, the Indiski Shawl, designed by Olga Federova and Galina Khmeleva from Knitting Traditions.  Yarn is Madil Yarns Super Due Merino from Lifetime Member Mary Lyle’s yarn stash and purchased at her estate sale.

Regina Beach - Indiski ShawlPatricia S. showed her Brickless shawl (designed by Martina Behm), knitted from Miss Babs Yowza!

Patricia Stapleton - Brickless

 As always, great work to our show-and-tellers and to all of our knitters! Our guild is full of such marvelous and skilled knitters – I’m always excited to see what people will show next – vintage patterns, cute toys, beautiful shawls, cables and lace, wonderful sweaters and handspun yarns – every show and tell is just so inspiring!  I hope you’ll be able to visit our January 2014 meeting and see for yourself!

A note from our President:

A Note from our President, Christina Hanger:

We’re off to a great start to the 2013-2014 year for Dallas Hand Knitter’s Guild.  Our next meeting is Tuesday October 1 at our new home, All Saints Catholic Church on Arapaho.  We’ll be in the St. Teresa’s Room.  Patricia Kalthoff will be doing part two of the Elizabeth Zimmermann seamless set in sleeve sweater program with an emphasis this time on short rows.  We hope you can join us.
If you are working on your EZ sweater and running into problems, please join us at Night Knitting, third Tuesday of the month (next meeting October 15) at the Panera Bread at Forest and Preston.  We’re there from 6:30 to around 8:30 pm and there will be someone who can answer questions and give encouragement.
We look forward to seeing you at All Saints next Tuesday!
Other news:

September meeting and board minutes are available in the member’s only section of the website.  If you are a member and would like to access the Members Only section, but don’t have the password, please feel free to email me.

You can also access the September handout and presentation info in the Member’s Only area – there are some great resources to be had there!

The DFW Yarn Crawl is almost upon us, and passports are now available at the DFW Yarn Crawl site!
You are welcome to show and tell any item or garment that you’ve recently completed at our meeting, with or without the Show and Tell Form, but if you have one, it streamlines things and helps you remember details when you’re in the spotlight!

Mid September is already here!

I can’t believe it’s already Mid-September – now where’s that cooler weather I ordered?  I’ve been good all Summer – Shouldn’t there be an Autumn Fairy to deliver those brisk mornings and the smell of wood fireplaces to replace the smell of barbecue grills in the shimmering air?  Starbucks has their Pumpkin Spice Latte (and my returning favorite, the Salted Caramel Mocha) back, isn’t that meant to be The Ultimate Harbinger of Fall?  The Autumnal Equinox will fall on Sunday, September 22, so start looking for that mercury to fall – sweater weather is COMING!!  (if I keep saying it, maybe it’ll happen – that’s how weather works, right?!)

Today was the day of our Chris Bylsma Workshops on necklines and edges – I can’t wait for Show & Tell at the October meeting to see what the attendees learned!

Have you heard? We’ll be doing 4 programs on the Elizabeth Zimmermann Seamless Set-In Sleeve pattern from Knitter’s Workshop throughout the year – would you like to knit along?  The pattern is available as a “one off” from Schoolhouse Press – Spun-Out #21 – get your gauge swatch going so you can come join the fun!  If you are a member but don’t have the pattern, the guild is putting together a “bulk order” from Schoolhouse Press and we can order a pattern for you, too (for the bargain price of $3!)  Email me if you’d like a copy!

We’ll have Patricia K. back with us in October to talk more about the sweater and short rows – if you missed our September meeting, the PowerPoint presentation is available in our Member’s section, as well as the handout with the bear-size sweater, to try out the techniques on a small scale – head on over and check it out!  Remember that you’ll need to be a member in good standing to access the Member’s Area on our website.  Not a member? Want to be?  Grab our Membership Form and join us!

Night Knitters will be held on Tuesday, September 17 at Panera Bread on the Southwest Corner of Preston/Forest, from around 6:30 to (until they kick us out) – this is a come-and-go event – please come and have a visit with us!

Date to remember:  Board Meeting – Saturday, September 21 at 2:00 at the Panera Bread on the Southwest Corner of Preston/Forest


Wonderful Show and Tell!

We’ll have Night Knitters on September 17 at the Panera on the southwest corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane in Dallas.  This is a come-and-go event, starting about 6:30.  Come on over for some fun knitting, visiting, tasty Panera food and maybe get some help with that project that’s giving you a challenge.  Hope we’ll see you there!

Our inaugural meeting for the 2013-2014 meeting was great! Excellent turn-out, a great presentation by Patricia Kalthoff, and a project afoot already! We have 98 members to start the year, and we hope you’ll join us too! The Chris Bylsma Workshop is on September 15, just 8 short days away, and the DFW Yarn Crawl will start October 4.  Visit for more details, and to print out your Yarn Crawl Passport (coming soon)!

 Our board meeting will be September 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Panera Bakery on the Southwest corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane.  Have a question? A comment? Want to see how we put it all together? Bring your knitting and come visit!

Now, onto the fun stuff!

Immediate Past President Melissa T. showed us her Vitamin D cardigan:


Felecia J. showed off a lovely red shawlette and cowl (I missed the pattern names, sorry Felecia!)


Patricia S. completed two beautiful shawls, one modeled by herself and the other modeled by Patricia K. (We have an abundance of Patricias! :) )

patricia-stapleton-shawl-1 patricia-stapleton-shawl-2

Pha A. knit these great little market bags, for gifts, if I recall


And last, ready for her close-up, Sugie finished her Wingspan shawl!


Gorgeous work, everyone! Can’t wait to see what this year brings!

Have something to show?  Bring it to the Next meeting, October 1 at All Saints Catholic Church on Hillcrest and Arapaho in Dallas!  Make sure you have your Show & Tell Form with all the vital details!

Are you Ready for September 2?

We are, and we’re sure looking forward to seeing you at All Saints Catholic Church on Tuesday, September 2 for our first Guild Meeting of the 2013-2014 year!  Just a few things to remember for the meeting on Tuesday:

1) We’ll be meeting at All Saints Catholic Church, on Arapaho and Hillcrest Road in Dallas,not at Hockaday School.  Hockaday was a very gracious host for a couple of years, and we thank them for donating their rooms for our use.  BUT!  We are looking forward to the wonderful meeting room at All Saints and thank them also for their generous hosting for this year!

2) Are you going to be knitting along on our sweater project this year?  We’ll be knitting an Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Seamless Set-In Sleeve Sweater, with the help of knitting instructor and DHKG Alum Patricia Kalthoff.  If you’re not into knitting a you-sized sweater but still want to experiment with all of the fantastic techniques, Patricia has written a pattern for a small 100-stitch sweater that will fit a teddy bear.  If you would like to participate, bring the following to the September Meeting:

  • Approximately 200 yards of smooth worsted weight yarn
  • Needles to get you approximately 5 stitches per inch (US 6-8 (3.5-4.5mm)), 16-inch circular and double-pointed needles
  • 1-2 yards of smooth (cotton) waste yarn
  • Stitch markers, tapestry needle and scissors

Hope we’ll see you at the September meeting, with needles at the ready!

My best,

Regina Beach
Communications Editor 2013-2014

Estate Book Sale – August 3-4 at The Knitting Fairy Yarn Studios – Don’t Miss It!!

Ever Wanted to Pick up Knitting Books Cheaply??
Now is your Opportunity —Estate Knitting Book Sale
Mary Lyle-DHKG 1st Lifetime Member’s Knitting Book Collection
Will be for Sale –Nothing over $5 Most $1
Most are Classic Titles ( i.e. E. Zimmerman)
Saturday, August 3rd & Sunday, August 4th
360 Studios
2100 N State Hwy 360
Suite 1904
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
 Studio/Showroom Hours
Saturday 12-5pm
Sunday 12-5pm
Payment handled by The Knitting Fairy-ALL SALES FINAL!!!!


Chris Bylsma is coming to D/FW! Reserve your seat for September 15 today!

Dallas Hand knitters Guild

Announcing: Two Chris Bylsma Workshops

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Neckline Love (9 am-12) Love the sweater, but not the neckline. So change it! Learn to design your own crew, funnel, V-neck, scoop or any shape neckline, in any gauge, that fits YOU. Finish it with perfect picked-up edges for flawless necklines you will absolutely love, love!

8 Empowering Edges (2-5pm) Ribbing and garter stitch edges are usually reliable choices for edges, but not all edges are equal. Learn eight hard-working edges (and maybe a few more) that empower you as a knitter to create beautiful, professional details, provide the control needed for various edges and give you the option of making your own design decisions in a project. Add these trusted friends to your bag of tricks for future projects or even to solve an existing problem.

Chris is known for her Crayon Box Jacket and inventive Ladder Scarf and Ladder Shawl. She encourages knitters to “color outside the lines” & to “think out the box” where it’s more fun! She teaches workshops nationally, TNNA, conferences & shops. Chris retired from a career in advertising & marketing to pursue her artistic passion—Knitting & Texture play. Her patterns will be available for sale.

Cost: $100- Both or Just 1 for $60 ***  Take Both or One—Your choice

Where: Knitting Fairy Yarn Studios – 2100 Texas 360 Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Deposit: ½ class fee-Balance due on or before 9/15/13

Check: Dallas Hand Knitters Guild

Mail: 3701 Turtle Creek Blvd #10A, Dallas, TX 75219

Questions: contact Sheryl Dial cell: 214 460 8113 or dallasunravel [at] yahoo [dot] com

Download your sign-up form today!

Sad News

It is with sadness that we have had to add another member to our ‘In Memoriam’ list.  Marvel Webb passed on last week after a long illness.  We know she’s out among the stars, knitting only her favorite projects, and they all fit perfectly every time.

You can visit our In Memoriam listing on the History Page, along with a look back at 20 years of guild history.

Early June 2013 – Worldwide Knit in Public and a Chris Bylsma Teaser!

I hope you enjoyed Worldwide Knit in Public Day, held Saturday, June 8.  Did you go and knit in public?  Worldwide Knit in Public events have extended from just a single day to carry through the whole week, so be sure to grab your needles and hit a nearby coffee shop, the mall or a local coffee shop for some knitting in public!

If you did knit in public, please feel free to upload your pictures on our Facebook Group, or share your projects to our Ravelry Group!

*** Edited to add *** The Dallas Handknitters Guild Board will meet telephonically on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending the board meeting, please contact me at rsbdhkg (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

*** End Edit ***

A Chris Bylsma Workshop in the works!

Your 2013-2014 Board is working out the details of welcoming nationally-renowned knitting instructor Chris Bylsma to the D/FW Metroplex for a Sunday workshop in September!  Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 15 and watch this space for more details to come!

Night Knitters – June Edition!

Please come join us for Night Knitters, to be held on Tuesday, June 18 at the Panera Bread on Forest Lane and Preston Road from around 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Address for the GPS-Users:

11661 Preston Road, Suite 222
Dallas, TX 75230

The times are loose, we hope you can come and join us for some knitting!

Knitting Related Volunteer Opportunity

We have received a request for knitting teachers:

My name is Keara Williams and I work for Urban League of Greater Dallas, a non-profit organization and I am reaching out for your help (if you are available).  I  am placed at an apartment complex (Rosemont@Sierra Vista) as an Activity Coordinator and we recently conducted a survey to see what events I can hold here on site that will bring the residents out to participate.  Well most people wanted to do hands on activities like knitting, sewing, art & crafts.  So I would like to know is there any possible way that someone from your place of business could come to my site and hold a knitting class for the residents that reside here?  I look forward to your response also any suggestions you may have.

Thank you,

9901 Scyene Rd
Dallas, TX 75227

Urban League of Greater Dallas
Activity Coordinator
Keara Williams
Office: 972-329-3638 (2:00pm – 5:30pm) M-F

May-June Updates – Night Knitters, a Volunteer Opportunity and WorldWide Knit in Public Day!

Night Knitters!

Please come join us for Night Knitters, to be held on Tuesday, May 21 at the Panera Bread on Forest Lane and Preston Road from around 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Address for the GPS-Users:

11661 Preston Road, Suite 222
Dallas, TX 75230
Phone: (469) 221-1197

The times are loose and you can opt to have dinner or skip it, or just have a yummy dessert from Panera’s yummy offerings, with a cup of coffee or tea.

We look forward to seeing you!

Knitting-Related Volunteer Opportunity!
We have received a request for knitting teachers:

My name is Keara Williams and I work for Urban League of Greater Dallas, a non-profit organization and I am reaching out for your help (if you are available).  I  am placed at an apartment complex (Rosemont@Sierra Vista) as an Activity Coordinator and we recently conducted a survey to see what events I can hold here on site that will bring the residents out to participate.  Well most people wanted to do hands on activities like knitting, sewing, art & crafts.  So I would like to know is there any possible way that someone from your place of business could come to my site and hold a knitting class for the residents that reside here?  I look forward to your response also any suggestions you may have.

Thank you,

9901 Scyene Rd
Dallas, TX 75227

Urban League of Greater Dallas
Activity Coordinator
Keara Williams
Office: 972-329-3638 (2:00pm – 5:30pm) M-F


Do you have plans for WWKIP Day?
Worldwide Knit in Public Day dates for 2013 are June 8-June 16.  If you would like to coordinate a meetup in your part of the Metro area, you can register your own group at ####.
If you do that, please contact me and I’ll be sure to list the address and meetup info on the DHKG Blog and in the next Summer Guild Update!


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